The past few weeks have been productive for me. I am working on recording online courses, and finished up a few gourds, as well as some "non-gourd" artworks that I will share in another post.
The first was more of an opportunity for me to try out new carving burs that I received at Christmas, as well as trying out a weaving technique that has long intrigued me but I never gave it a go. At left see a photo of my testing my new cup carving burs on an old gourd piece.
And here is the finished gourd basket. I wanted to use an underwater theme and oh here are the selkies/seals again! These turn up a lot in my work, I just love them. As you can see above, these burs really burn the gourd a bit, so I had no choice but to paint over it. For the basket part, I used Marianne Barnes' undulating basket weave technique. You can find directions on how to do that outlined in her book, Weaving on Gourds.
The next gourd is made from a good sized basketball gourd. I fashioned a little gourd ring stand which is attached and the seam covered with a thin strip of black leather. The magnolias are burned and colored with pencils.
The one below is a William Morris design with a chickadee. I used pyrography and again with colored pencils to add subtle colors. The border is done with metallic copper acrylic paint.
This last one is a little bucolic scene of an English countryside with grazing sheep. This is a small, lidded bowl and the inside is finished with black flocking. The lid is burned with the shading pen and yes we have the colored pencils again for a little color enhancement.
That's all for now! My next post will be a mish-mosh of some different things so if that interests you be sure to visit again!
Art has always been a part of my life, and I have worked in many different mediums.